I work with Nick Haddad at NC State University understanding if wildlife corridors facilitate nutrients and prey subsidies for better spider growth and reproduction.
I measure physiological traits green lynx spiders in connected and unconnected habitats to understand how corridors effect their macronutrients.
Painting spiders (Argiope aurantia) is a favorite pastime of mine.
Inspiration for my field-based research comes from just taking the time to observe the world.
I started working on spiders because I fell in love with the Florida argiope's striking beauty and grace.
I'm a field junky, but a lot of my work stems from lab analyses. I use stable isotopes, morphometrics, and physiological metrics to study spiders and their corridors.
I not only collect spiders, but also their babies to test if corridors effect clutch size.
Not everyone's that jazzed about spiders, but most students like my teaching.